Five For Friday: Gamble & Huff

Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff are songwriters and producers who have been central to the advancement of “Philly Soul“, soul music originating from Philadelphia. They started Philadelphia International Records in 1971, signing such acts as The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (whose lead singer was Teddy Pendergrass), Billy Paul, MFSB (the house band), The Three Degrees, Lou Rawls, Jerry Butler, and many others. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 as non-performers. Here are five of my favorite songs written by them.

  1. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”
  2. MFSB featuring The Three Degrees, “TSOP”
  3. The Intruders, “Cowboys To Girls”
  4. The O’Jays, “I Love Music”
  5. Billy Paul, “Me and Mrs. Jones”

Wikipedia has a list of the albums and singles they produced and another list of the songs they wrote. There’s a good-sized playlist on Spotify.

Gamble & Huff, your Five For Friday, October 14, 2022.

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